Blades in the sixth prospect to de-commit from UF during this recruiting cycle. Here’s a look back at who Florida lost.
3-star WR Lavarus Tigner, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Tigner was the second prospect to pledge to the Gators for 2017. He received an offer in June 2015 and committed on the spot. However, grade issues caused him to exit the class on Oct. 19 of that year. Tigner’s recruitment never materialized because of his academics and there’s been no news on him since his junior season.
3-star DT Jordon Scott, Largo, Fla.
Scott chose Florida over Florida State and Ole Miss last spring. However, his commitment to UF in May (at 350 pounds) was contingent on him losing weight before he enrolled early. Instead, he gained weight during the summer and fall. Scott parted ways with the Gators on Nov. 1 and committed to Oregon on Christmas after officially visiting Louisville and Ole Miss.
3-star JUCO DT Javier Edwards, Brenham, Texas
Edwards committed to UF on June 2, the same day he received an offer from the school. However, he did not shut down his recruitment and visited Arkansas and Colorado, as well as Florida. He de-committed from the Gators after his trip to Arkansas, and it appeared he would pick the Razorbacks. Instead, Edwards surprisingly signed with Colorado on Dec. 14.
3-star RB Adarius Lemons, Clearwater, Fla.
Florida’s top RB target in this class has been Lemons, who was ranked No. 1 at his position in the state before his senior season. He flipped from North Carolina to the Gators after visiting for Friday Night Lights. But three months later, he backed off that pledge because of his suspension from Clearwater High. Lemons attended a secondary school in the fall to improve his grades and returned to Clearwater. He officially visits UF this weekend and hopes to rejoin the class.
4-star DT Fred Hansard, Princeton, N.J.
Hansard chose Florida over Rutgers and Tennessee on Aug. 26, revealing his decision in a commitment video with Bleacher Report. He attended Florida’s last home game against South Carolina and afterward told SEC Country he was “100 percent commit” to the Gators. However, Hansard officially visited Penn Sate on Nov. 26 and flipped to the Nittany Lions during his trip to Happy Valley, citing that he wanted to be closer to home.
4-star CB Elijah Blades, Pasadena, Calif.
Blades committed to UF last summer after visiting the school for the first time, but his pledge began to look shaky in the fall once he started gaining new offers. He returned to Gainesville on Jan. 13 for his official visit and claimed he was still solid with the Gators after that trip. But Blades officially visited Nebraska the following weekend and the Cornhuskers caused him to de-commit this week. Southern Cal is also in the mix for him.
National Signing Day is Feb. 1.